In the latest chapter in Fallout 76's tumultuous life, Bethesda is adding a premium subscription service to their game. Known as 'Fallout 1st,' this subscription will give Fallout 76 players long-awaited features like unlimited storage space for crafting components and private servers.
It's no secret that Fallout 76 has had a muddied life. Whether it's complaints about a nylon bag's quality, moldy power armor helmets, or backpedaling on promises to keep the Atomic Shop solely cosmetic, it's certainly one of the less popular entries in Bethesda's take on the franchise. Now, the game is getting features that have been long-requested, but will require a newly-announced permium subscription. Fallout 1st, as they call it in a new blog post, is "a premium membership that offers something players have been asking for since before launch: private worlds for you and select friends."
For $12 a month or $100 a year, players will get a variety of perks and items. Most notably is the ability to host private servers with up to seven other players (who don't need subscriptions.) As for more physical goods, players also get a scrapbox that provides infinite storage for their crafting components and a survival tent. Not only does the tent act as a portable fast travel point, but it also comes with a Stash, Sleeping Bag, Cooking Station, and Scrapbox. Subscribers will also get 1,650 Atoms per month for use in the Atomic Shop (for comparison, a 1,100 bundle costs $10), along with access to special sales. Finally, subscribers will have access to unique icons, emotes, and the Ranger armor seen above.
Some might think the addition of a premium subscription means the game is going free-to-play. Or doing what Runescape does and offer a free game that offers a smaller portion of the full game. There's no word on those sorts of things, but we do know that the playerbase doesn't seem to like the news.
You can read the patch notes that accompanied the Fallout 1st announcement here.
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